Ability-to-Benefit (ATB)
The Ability-to-Benefit test is required of students seeking federal financial aid who did not graduate from high school in the United States. To this end, these students must demonstrate they possess sufficient "ability to benefit" (ATB) from post-secondary education via their performance in an approved test.
Requirement to take the ATB
A student that is looking to take the ATB exam must have been enrolled in an approved program of study PRIOR TO JULY 1, 2012.
What does the Ability-to-Benefit Test Consists of?
COC administers an ATB version of the ACCUPLACER test. Students must complete the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, and Arithmetic tests. The Department of Education requires that students take the three tests in a single testing session.
In order to "pass" the test, you will need to successfully complete all three tests.
If you do not obtain a passing score on one or more test you will have an opportunity to retest ONCE after two weeks. Retesting will be in all three tests again.
ATB Tests & Passing Scores
The minimum scores mandated by the United States Department of Education required to pass the test are noted below. Note that you will start with the arithmetic test, then the reading comprehension, and finally with the sentence skills test. A passing score on the first test will be required to proceed to the second; then a passing score on the second to move on to the third test.
  • Arithmetic 34 points
  • Reading Comprehension 55 points
  • Sentence Skills 60 points
ATB scores can be transferred from other institutions, please contact the Assessment Center 661-362-3457 to recieve more information about transfering scores.
Students that need to take the Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) test, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (661) 362-3215 or by email at finaid@canyons.edu to recieve more information about testing.